A bipartisan coalition of 64 senators voted to move ENDA forward, clearing the way for an affirmative final vote, expected to occur around 1:45 p.m. Eastern today. 33 Republican Senators cast “no” votes against the bill.
All 55 Senate Democrats voted to move the bill forward, as did nine Republicans, including a surprise “aye” vote from Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania introduced an amendment that would broaden the scope of religious exemptions, but it was voted down 55-43.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has already announced he will NOT bring the bill to a vote in the House.